Urusei Yatsura 2: Byûtifuru Dorîmâ (Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer) (1984)
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A great OAV even for those unfamiliar with the series it's based on. Another masterful work of art by Takahashi, Rumiko!
Definately the second best UY movie. It's just the right kind of weird to support the material and lift it to a theatrical level.
Although "Beautiful Dreamer" is not a film I'd recommend for someone who isn't familiar with the cast of characters of 'Lum--Urusei Yatsura' (UY means "Obnoxious Aliens" in Japanese), I nonetheless place it among my all-time favourite animated features. It this curious film, Lum, Shinobi, Ataru, and the rest of the central cast of the series find themselves the only beings left in perhaps the entire world. They later realize that the entire world has been reduced to a 2 km area around Ataru's house... and that's when things start to get really strange. This film grabbed my attention immediately. The plot seemed to be something well beyond the standard 'Lum' wacky comedy that I'm used to from the graphic novels... there was a mystery here, and from the outset I was interested in seeing how it would be resolved. As the mystery deepend, the film actually started to get rather creepy--something I'd never thought possible for this particuarly property--and the mix of humour and mild horror was extremely effective. Even as the mystery reached its resolution, the creepiness deepened and for a time I wondered if it was going to be possible for the filmmakers to restore the light-hearted Lum-verse to its previous state. They managed to do just that... and they managed to deliver a highly satisfying ending. What's even more remarkable, over the course of 'Beautiful Dreamer,' they breathed more life into Lum and Ataru than I thought could be possible; they've always been rather one dimensional characters to me--not it a bad way, but that's all they needed to be. But in 'Beautiful Dreamer,' we are shown another facet of Ataru, and Lum's character deepens as well. This is a fine addition to any Rumiko Takashasi and/or Lum fan's collection.
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